Ikenna Nweke, a Nigerian Ph.D Student at the University of Tsukuba in Japan has demonstrated that there are honest Nigerians the world can trust.
Nweke has been the toast of Nigerians and the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission after he returned to the owner, a purse containing money and other valuables, which he stumbled upon.
Asked to take a 10 percent reward for finding the purse, Nweke rejected the offer.
His story so gladdened the commission that it was showcased on Sunday:
The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa commends Mr. Ikenna Nweke a Nigerian Living and Studying in Japan for returning a lost wallet containing huge sums of money as well as a credit card.
Hon Abike gave the commendation in a statement signed by Mr Gabriel Odu of the Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of NIDCOM on Sunday in Abuja.
She said, “it is indeed a great opportunity to celebrate you. This is what Nigeria is about. All the negative information you tend to hear about are far out stripped by the positive information that are hidden and not told and these are the likes of people like Mr Ikenna. You have portrayed the image of Nigerians in the Diaspora as unique, honest and Cultured set of immigrants.
Nweke who is a PhD student at the university of Tsukuba, Japan, and also a Teaching Assistant in the same university said he stumbled on the wallet while climbing the staircase to buy some items for the wife at the Tsukuba centre.
Nweke who hails from Amauzari in Isiala Mbano LGA, Imo state, said he was born and raised in Okpoko, Onitsha, Anambra state, but relocated to Japan in 2013 through a Japanese government sponsored scholarship program.
Hear him, “On the 19th of June 2020, while I was going home from the university, I decided to get my wife her favourite kebab. As I was climbing the staircase around Tsukuba centre, I noticed something on the ground.
“As I drew closer, I saw that it was a wallet. When I opened it, I saw a huge sum of money, a credit card, and other valuables. I immediately reported to the police. One of the officers was surprised and asked me why I did not take the money.
I told him that there was no need for that because I was raised by responsible parents, and that I am also a Christian.”
“Honesty remains the best policy. We must exhibit such behaviour in whatever position we find ourselves.
“That is the path we have chosen to take, and our country will eventually get to a new shore,” NIDCOM Boss emphasized.